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"Never Forget" is a song recorded by English boy band Take That, from their third studio album Nobody Else (1995). Written by Gary Barlow, the song features Howard Donald on lead vocals. It was released on 24 July 1995, and achieved success in many countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Latvia and Ireland and Azerbaijan, where it topped the singles chart.

"Never Forget"
Take that never forget CD1.jpg
UK CD single 1 cover
Single by Take That
from the album Nobody Else
Released24 July 1995
FormatCD single
Recorded1994
Genre
Length5:32
Label
Songwriter(s)Gary Barlow
Producer(s)
Take That singles chronology
"Back for Good"
(1995)
"Never Forget"
(1995)
"How Deep Is Your Love"
(1996)
Alternative covers
UK CD single 2 cover
UK CD single 2 cover
Alternative cover
UK promo CD single cover
UK promo CD single cover
Music video
"Never Forget" on YouTube

It was released on 24 July 1995 and became the band’s seventh number 1 on the UK Singles Chart. The song remained at number one for three weeks in the UK charts. It was also the sixth track on their 1995 album, Nobody Else. Robbie Williams left the band during the promotion of this song.

Song informationEdit

The song was written by Gary Barlow and sung mostly by Howard Donald. Robbie Williams has a short solo section in the middle of the song and his vocals are also featured before the final chorus. The opening of the song is taken from Verdi's Requiem, sung by the Henllan Boys Choir led by Alistair Stubbs.

The song was mimed by the leading characters in the series finale in the fourth series of Shameless and used in 2006 for the "Take That: The Ultimate Tour" finale. Currently the track has sold over 600,000 copies in the UK and received a Platinum certification.[1]

"Sunday to Saturday" was issued as a single in Japan instead of "Never Forget" and reached number nine. However, "Never Forget" still managed to chart in the lower sections of its singles chart.

Music videoEdit

The music video is a montage of childhood moments of Take That caught on camera and features photographs of the members as children. Most of the footage is taken from the band performing live, backstage at gigs or on tour. Other moments such as the band meeting Prince Charles and TV appearances are also shown.

Live performancesEdit

In the original recording of the song, Robbie Williams had a solo section near the end. When the group reformed in 2006 without him, the first part of Williams' section was sometimes sung by whoever was supporting the band on tour. The second half was sung by Mark Owen. After Williams rejoined the group in 2010, the song was performed live by all five members for the first time on the BBC's Children in Need on 19 November 2010. In 2008, Eoghan Quigg performed a cover of this song on The X Factor and it featured on his critically panned self-titled album, released on 6 April 2009. Critics considered it the worst moment on the album. The following year it was performed by the final twelve during the final group performance of series 6. It was also performed at the beginning of The X Factor Final 2010 featuring finalists Matt Cardle, Rebecca Ferguson and One Direction, and joined by Take That on stage.

Williams also performed the song solo, on the Take the Crown Stadium Tour in 2013. When playing at Wembley Stadium, he replaced the lyric "Someday this will all be someone else's dream" with "this will be Justin Bieber's dream..." and continued, "I don't think so! He's a good singer and he's got a lovely haircut... I should shut up now before I get into too much trouble." to thunderous applause from the audience.[2]

Williams performed the song on his 2017 stadium tour The Heavy Entertainment Show Tour.

The song's chorus is played during rugby games at Twickenham Stadium when England score a penalty kick or conversion.

On 25 March 2017, the three remaining members of Take That performed "Never Forget" with Ant & Dec as the final song of a medley during the "End of the Show Show" on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.[3]

PersonnelEdit

Track listingsEdit

UK CD single #1 (74321 29956 2)[4]
  1. "Never Forget" (radio edit) – 5:32
  2. "Back For Good" (live From MTV's Most Wanted) – 4:10
  3. "Babe" (live from MTV's Most Wanted) – 4:41
UK CD single #2 (74321 29957 2)[5]
  1. "Never Forget" (single mix) – 6:24
  2. "Pray" (live from MTV's Most Wanted) / Interview – 17:36
EU CD single #1 (74321 29842 2)[6]
  1. "Never Forget" (radio edit) – 5:32
  2. "Back For Good" (live from MTV's Most Wanted) – 4:10
EU CD single #2 (74321 29843 2)
  1. "Never Forget" (radio edit) – 5:32
  2. "Back For Good" (live from MTV's "Most Wanted) – 4:10
  3. "Pray" (live from MTV's Most Wanted) / Interview – 17:36
Japanese CD single (BVCP 1302)
  1. "Sunday to Saturday" – 5:03
  2. "Back for Good" (live from MTV's Most Wanted) – 4:10
  3. "Babe" (live from MTV's Most Wanted) – 4:41
  4. "Pray" (live from MTV's Most Wanted) / Interview – 17:36
UK Cassette single (74321 29959 2)
  1. "Never Forget" (radio edit) – 5:32
  2. "Back For Good" (live from MTV's Most Wanted) – 4:10
UK 7" vinyl - Jukebox release only (74321 29960 2)
  1. "Never Forget" (radio edit) – 5:32
  2. "Back for Good" (live from MTV's Most Wanted) – 4:10

Official versionsEdit

  • Album version (5:13)
  • Single mix radio edit (5:32)
  • Single mix (6:24)
  • Live at the Manchester Nynex (7:32)
  • Live at Wembley (5:28)

Charts and certificationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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